How to Start Growing Weed: Is Cannabis Cultivation Right for You? 

By  Cheri Sicard

Are you considering growing cannabis for the first time?  Are you a beginner and don’t know where to begin?  When it comes to how to start growing weed, the crucially important first step is to determine if growing cannabis is right for you at all.

It’s true, cannabis cultivation can be a fun and rewarding hobby.  But it is not right for everyone.

So before we tackle the important second question of how to start growing weed, whether you should grow cannabis indoors versus outdoors, let’s see if cannabis gardening is a suitable endeavor for you.

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Questions to answer BEFORE you start growing cannabis:

Do I have a suitable space where I can grow cannabis?

If you want to grow outdoors this means a safe, secure place away from children and nosy neighbors. If you plan to grow cannabis indoors it can be any unused room, corner, or even closet depending on the size of your grow (yes you can grow a single plant at a time).

Do I have enough time to grow cannabis?

Outdoors plan on working from May through November.  In addition you will also need to prepare soil and start seedlings or clones in advance. Indoors it varies. Indicas will generally need 8 to 10 weeks in flowering mode.  For sativas plan on 12 to 14 weeks.

Can I financially afford to grow cannabis?

Growing outdoors does not need to be expensive.  That said you can realistically plan to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars on supplies.

Growing indoors is far more costly. Expect to spend from about $500 on the low end to $4000 or more setting up larger grows. However you can save a bunch of money by buying everything in a kit, like those from the

Do I have enough patience to grow cannabis?

It is said that you learn something new with every grow. That means no matter how experienced you are, growing cannabis always comes with certain challenges. If you are expecting a hands off, set it and forget it situation, think again. 

You will need to constantly monitor and care for your plants, regardless of whether you choose to grow indoors or outdoors.  Think of cannabis cultivation as a new hobby.  It does not need to take up enormous chunks of time, but it will take some time and effort.

How to start growing weed

Did you pass?

If you had good answers for all these questions, it’s time to move to Step 2 in cannabis cultivation, deciding if you will grow indoors our outdoors.  Follow this link and we will explore.

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